Tokutember 2020, day 23, weathered, tokusatsu, featured

Weathered| #Tokutember2020 Day 23

Tokutember 2020, day 23, weathered, tokusatsu, transparent

Weathered by many battles and much heartache, Kanis remains ever-vigilant.

I had a lot of fun trying to figure out how exactly to make this guy look. I couldn’t think of much for weathered, beyond someone who had been through a lot. I also wanted the look and feel to lean towards Kamen Rider.

This idea for a children’s picture book is going to happen. I already know I want the tree-person from “Wooden” and the fish bowl-head lady from “Used” and “Wired” to make up the other parts of the team. The tree feels like an Ultra to me and the used equipment the lady uses is from an old teams cache. I needed a Rider type guy to round them out. I think he looks sufficiently edgy. I don’t plan for him to have a bike or anything. I think the big eyes, to two points on the head from the ears and the sleekness with the patterns work to capture that feel. I plan for him to be more like a Showa Rider, as far as just being a brawler and not having extra gadgets, gizmos or potential toys, though I do want some sort of transformation device…

Keep coming back as I tackle the rest of the prompts throughout September. I am determined to make it every day this year!

Looking over all these prompts has my wheels spinning and I really want to make a little toku-inspired project for kids. I am thinking something about health. Maybe three little adventures in a single book with a team composed of an homage to Sentai, Rider and Ultra. I don’t really draw cute, so I would love to chat with a more versatile illustrator who would be interested in working together.

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